The biggest mistake I can do as a guitarist to think like one.
Rick Ruskin is a master fingerstyle player, singer, and songwriter. In his teens, he was fortunate enough to study and work with Rev. Gary Davis. Between his own desire to grow and the Reverend’s urging him to find his own musical voice, Ruskin forged a style that springs from roots & blues but also encompasses a wide range of genres including folk, early and contemporary rock and roll, R&B, classical, and jazz. His blend of catchy melodies, sophisticated harmonies, syncopation, and unusual phrasing make his music easy to remember yet nearly impossible to imitate. His fingerstyle pieces are studied as cases in technique and composition. His performances combine musicality, technical wizardry, and humor, making for an entertaining show, whether it’s one song or an entire evening.
A sample of credits –
Appearances with – Rev. Gary Davis; Doc Watson; Seal & Crofts; Jackson Browne; Martin Carthy; John Lee Hooker.
Film and TV credits – Oprah Winfrey; Touchstone Pictures; A&E Network; MTV; Warner Bros. Television; ABC-TV; NBC-TV; PBS.
Recorded with – John Fahey; Doug Dillard; Olivia Newton-John; Jackie DeShannon. James Lee Stanley.
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1: What artist would you most love to work with?
Still living: Donald Fagen Deceased: Frank Zappa
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
3: What was the worst advice?
Everyone does it this way.
4: What was your first concert?
Wayne Stat University
5: What/where is the best road food?
Haven't found it yet.
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
"Stop copying me and develop your own style." (Rev. Gary Davis)
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?